After five years in retirement, Mario Galea has returned to his roots with an appointment as chairman of the Lotteries and Gaming Authority in Malta.
Galea, who retired as CEO in 2009 due to ill health after four years setting up and running the regulator, has been appointed chairman by Edward Zammit Lewis, the Malta minister responsible for regulation. Galea, who has been operating his own online gambling consultancy, returns at a crucial time for the authority.
In recent years the LGA has been criticized for its lack of oversight and regulation enforcement concerning several internet poker operators under its watch. Its mishandling of player complaints and the shutdown scandal of Media Corp.’s Purple Lounge in 2012 was a particular embarrassment to the agency.